August 7, 2013 2:03 pm
Updated: August 8, 2013 10:30 am

WATCH: West Kelowna wins boat battle


WEST KELOWNA, B.C. — Victory for West Kelowna in the district’s battle over unwanted houseboats.

In 2010, West Kelowna went to court after evicting moored houseboats in Gellatly Bay.

One houseboat owner challenged the municipality but the BC Supreme Court has ruled that West Kelowna was within its right to have the houseboats removed under the District’s new zoning regulations.

“This news is very, very welcome,” says Mayor Doug Findlater. “My fellow Council members and I heard loud and clear from our residents that we needed to protect and preserve our precious Gellatly Bay and ensure appropriate use of its waters. West Kelowna residents wanted the informal floating sub-division that we had five years ago removed, and this decision has backed our legal methods for doing so.”

However, the courts did rule that temporary moorage in Gellatly Bay is allowed.

West Kelowna says it will consider recovering its legal costs from the houseboat owner who challenged the municipality’s zoning regulations.

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